Ken Jacobs in 3D

1 April, 2014 - 20:00
BOZARcinema, Brussels

A pioneer of American avant-garde cinema, Ken Jacobs (US, 1933) is still (at 80 years old) one of its most prolific figures, having enthusiastically embraced digital filmmaking in the late 1990s. From the seminal Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son to the Nervous Magic Lantern performances and his recent digital and 3D explorations, Jacobs is an essential filmmaker whose work is an uncompromised declaration of love for cinema.

in collaboration with BOZAR cinema

The Guests

Ken Jacobs

2D is a remarkable invention, crazier than most anything that can happen in 3D. Imagine the world flattened to a single insubstantial plane, a mere surface reflection! I must look into it.  (Ken Jacobs)

Ken Jacobs has been concerned with the exploration of stereoscopic phenomena since the mid 1960s. He has experimented with a number of 3D techniques, and has developed ways to infuse his 2D work with heightened illusions of depth. The Guests, which has existed previously as a slide installation and an anaglyph video, will be presented at BOZAR in Brussels in its new digital 3D incarnation. Continuing the work started with Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son, Ken Jacobs revisits an early Lumière Brothers film, Entree d’une noce à l’église (1896). As we watch the congregation mounting the steps of a Parisian church, our attention is drawn to the smallest of details: from the grain of the image to the facial gestures of the long-dead guests to the city landscape behind them. Ken Jacobs does more than extend the time (and space) of the original footage; he invites us to see in a way that we have never seen before.

followed by a discussion with Ken Jacobs